Damage from fire at Almaty's flea market calculated 22 октября 2013, 15:35
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The damage caused by the fire at the flea market in Almaty has been calculated by the compitent authorities. The damage to market sections exceeds 25 million tenge ($163 thousand). Nariman Yerzhanov who leads the Interrogation Division of the Emergency Situation Department of Almaty city told Tengrinews.
"The damage to Ayan section makes $135 thousand, the damage to Olzha section is estimated at $4 thousand, the damage to Keremet section amounts to $32 thousand plus the fire burned an administrative office caused a damage estimated at $4.3 thousand," he said. Yerzhanov added that the operation to extinguish the fire caused 12 million tenge ($78 thousand).
Welding works done in one of the market's containers in Olzha section have been acknowledged the official cause of the fire. The interrogation division has initiated two criminal cases: over the fire and against the market's management.
The fire started at 1:33 p.m. on September 13 in Olzha section of the largest flea market of Almaty. Later the fire spilled into Ayan section and partially into Keremet and Alatau sections.
The area on fire reached 5400 square meters, four sections of the flea market in Almaty were badly damaged.
The fire was taken under control and stopped from spreading at 7:59 p.m. the same day and completely extinguished only in the morning of the following day at 6:38 a.m. A total of 1518 firefighters, 142 fire engines and 2 helicopters were involved in the massive firefighting operation.
According to paramedics, three people were injured during the accident but nobody was hospitalized.